Autumn’s Children

When I wrote the articles about True Season children two years ago for a previous blog, there was no Autumn article because I didn’t know any Autumn kids to watch. I still don’t know many. I know many Autumn grownups these days. They’re so levelheaded, so reasonable, that it’s hard to think of those elaborate parts of their character that can be quirky or funny. To them, what is, is. Not more, not less.

They’re like everything that’s great about trees and home baking. Not fancy or fussy, I love their company so much for the WYSIWYG, sound, comfortable, real-world advice they offer. Their constancy and durability give us a feeling of people who are extremely trustworthy, reliable, and rock-steady. There’s no zigging and zagging.

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gentle eyes, a soft face, perhaps some Summer; she could even be a Soft Summer but the eyes look too orange

Autumn Children

Capable. This is the kid you want yours to be with if they go horseback riding. If yours falls off and is having wrist issues, the Autumn child can catch both horses, lead them home, find a grownup or a phone, call the parents, and get the right kind of help.

Life goes smoother if the other kids could just agree with them. There may be no physical attacks but there will be direct words spoken and order imposed. She’s doing the talking at the lemonade stand. Not bossy, not show-off, just doing the job.

Least likely to be picked on. Assertive from an early age.

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dark but somehow soft (muted actually) ; the strong facial lines, smile lines

True and Soft are social, not solitary. Dark may isolate himself more and talk to dolphins while all the other kids are trying to tip the raft. Winter needs time apart.

Might be stocky or sturdy, especially the boys, and boy, can they eat. Regardless, boy or girl, these children are strong and willing to use their strength. They are powerful athletes and real survivors. Their stamina and endurance stays with them into adulthood as 50 year olds who can still outskate all the kids in pond hockey.

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someone was smart when they put him in orange; notice the orange tones in the hair and a very strong face, even for a baby

When the Soft Autumn child tells a story, the emotions involved will be inflated higher than anyone else’s version because their Summer-ness felt them so deeply. The Dark Autumn child will have more worries about the events in the story and their meanings and repercussions. The Winter in him will keep him worrying about it for days. The True just tells it like it is. The most exaggerated thing about this person is that they have no exaggerations.

Need time to process surprises and really wishes you would not. His Spring sister’s idea of euphoria would be a surprise a minute.

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building, digging, stacking, carrying, exotic eyes

They must have their own experience of something to change their mind. They are the original can’t-tell-them-anything kids.


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strong and striking, Autumn and Winter ; not romantic or cute (Summer and Spring)

The Autumn child is straight up. He doesn’t conceal, cannot deceive. He’s not a jokester and is never devious. His Spring brother, who takes life less seriously and has a big imp streak, has figured out that when Mom’s on the phone, he can climb out a window, double back around the house to the kitchen, and sneak his fifth Popsicle of the afternoon. The Autumn child might walk very quietly into the kitchen, but if noticed and asked, would be compelled to admit 5.

Spring fills us with the wonder of the moment. It is immediate. Summer is the cradle that keeps us safe while pushing us to meet our highest potential.Wi nter symbolizes mental capacity, to reason, to rationalize. Autumn is the work we do on Earth, to enrich, to build, to create, to leave something better than we found. Autumn completes our wholeness as the power of the physical body, inseparable from emotion (Summer), spirit (Spring), and logic (Winter).

Without the balance between them, we cannot heal ourselves because each one is assaulted when the other feels injury. We also cannot fulfill our human potential. We cannot have been put on Earth with the abilities we have to live as cavemen. We must be here to live up to a higher ideal. The pendulum between the four powers sways but our answers are not behind us. Once we learn our center as a humanity by respecting all four energies equally, we will find a sustainable way of living and the answers to longevity.

Autumn Grownups

Sensible, practical, no-nonsense, peaceful. Harrison Ford. Martin Sheen. Their steadiness makes them shoe-ins for feel-good TV presidents. The Summer contribution of do-the-right thing to Autumn’s save-the-day strength.

The Dark Autumn boy will explain, indeed expound, actually expostulate, on his topic, with no awareness that nobody has had a chance to speak for 20 minutes. The Dark Autumn man is not very different, but he speaks more slowly so he has time to formulate his thoughts. He is the professor to Dark Winter’s philosopher.

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strong and capable at every age

What happens when a Summer and Autumn live together? Felix&Oscar.

Soft Autumn’s husband asks that you not tell her that a family member is in personal crisis or he’ll be sent back to the Farmer’s Market. The rest of his morning will be spent making ham sandwiches. He already delivers an asparagus quiche to the Art Gallery once a week. She combines Summer’s love and upstanding decency and Autumn’s foot on the gas to nurture the entire world.

True and Dark Autumn will be on time. Let’s get to it. Then we go on to the next job, though we tell ourselves we are going to rest. We can chat after, but I won’t be late for my next appointment or make you late for yours.

If a client has all her children colour analyzed, she could be a True Autumn. She sees the sense and the savings, and is completely open to change. Light Spring will do the same, a mix of her Summer desire to make her family happy and her Spring enthusiasm when she spots a good thing. They will adopt their new palettes very quickly, without Winter’s tendency to contest or Summer’s to resist.

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hazy eyes, hushed skin, a future Soft Autumn

If it is a plain and honest opinion you want, go shopping with an Autumn. Summer’s deep streak of kindness will embellish with the compliment, any compliment. If you’re ok with the cold-blooded comment, a Winter can tell you that your suit is fine if you don’t mind looking like a birthday cake.

And then you say to them, Now, how would you feel if someone spoke to you that way? And they say Fine. I wouldn’t care. They’re telling the truth. They are thick-skinned (so they balance matte and opaque cosmetics), while Summer is thinner-skinned, as sensitivity of skin and emotion, as wearing a softer, lesser pigment deposit (so tinted moisturizers), as being more touchy of feeling internally and of texture externally, as tactile, with highly developed brain-hand connections and sense of touch. Summer skin is soft matte. Spring’s looks best dewy. Just as everyone’s busy is different, everyone’s Golden Rule comes out different but it’s still the same rule. Winters should shop with other Winters. Buy them the book Getting To Yes for Christmas. It will help them in life. The kindness of Summer and sweetness of Spring might see this Winter, meaning me and only me, as having the heart of that first cockroach that crawls out of a nuclear accident zone. On the other hand, I won’t tell you 3 months later that I really didn’t love you as a blonde but didn’t want to hurt your feelings, knowing what that hair cost you and all.

Dark Autumn brings in Winter flash. Whether Gamine, Classic, or Natural, words like Dramatic and Flamboyant will apply. Getting out of the car, she will not come across as medium. Something is extraordinary and exaggerated – height, hair thickness, texture, and length, snap in her character, or embers for eyes. Julia Roberts may be Dark Autumn, Bianca Jagger, Dark Winter, perhaps both Flamboyant Naturals. The Dark Autumn will reveal or release much more of herself, while the Winter will keep larger parts of herself locked down.

The three Autumn groups look rightest in brown eyeshadow and liner because brown is dark orange and orange, gold, rust, etc. are cornerstones of Autumn. The only other great one for brown eyeshadow is True Spring. Everyone else is better in their grays.

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Autumn’s face (left) speaks to us of resilience, bravery, and grit, in colours that are darker and more muted than the lighter, brighter skin on the right; Summer on the right is dreamy and swoopy. On both girls, gorgeous base hair colours for Soft/True Autumn and Light Summer

Will promote what she believes in gladly. A Soft Autumn looks great wearing Autumn colours in Summer’s way (analogous, flowing, floral, soft). Dark wears her palette in the Winter way (bold, more contrast). So integrate your smaller contributing Season by wearing their style in jewelry with clothing and makeup in the colours and style of your own Season.



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Strong Beauty

Makeup Colours

Soft Autumn, try out Lancome RIL 230M and 240M, your natural lipcolour is one of these or in between. Also NARS Mayflower lips, Body Shop 11 and 07 lipstick, and MUFE RAI 19 (for TA too) lipstick.

On Dark Autumn, NARS Pigalle, MUFE HD8 blush, Lauder Maple Sugar and Rich Currant lips. A good, dark,warm, barely muted blue eyeliner is Revlon Colorstay pencil in Navy. Dark Winter could wear this very well too as they have warm tones in hair and eyes.

True Autumn : MUFE HD10 blush, Givenchy Gold Brown lips (really nice, this lipstick, but sample it at Sephora first, big $$).



26 thoughts on “Autumn’s Children”

  1. I had been searching for this last installment, hoping it would bring some insight or clarity as to which season I am. I had decided on soft autumn or true autumn, but I find none of autumn’s practicality and purpose in me. I am much more a blend of spring and summer in temperament, fun and engaging, yet kind and compassionate and a bit unsure of myself. And so, I am in a quandary. I have autumn’s eyes (warm brown) and hair, slight freckling under the eyes and over the nose, and lighter, warmer skin with some pink in the cheeks. I find that deeper yellow is okay, but other yellow-toned clothes make me look sallow. I have lived as a summer the past 24 years, so this unsettling to me, having always disliked the fall colors, except in nature. I used to regret being born in Oct because the stores didn’t sell cakes with pink flowers, only orange! I so enjoy your writing, btw. I’ve pored over certqin selections repeatedly:)

  2. I’m with Aimee – I’ve been thinking Autumn (though I’ve had a 4 seasons analyst take one look at me over coffee, and say heck no, Summer … but pretty sure I lean warm not cool). However, I don’t have the autumn personality. I don’t really feel at home with any of the personalities you describe. I feel like a good dollop of Summer’s details and kindness, a generous dollop of Winter’s worrying/perfectionism/sensitivity to criticism, a solid splash of Spring’s playfulness and disorganisation, with a touch of autumn’s honesty and up-on-a-soapbox nature. Mind you, I can’t really work out my season either, despite draping myself with scores of fabrics, so perhaps I’m a middling kind of person all around!

  3. This is wonderful, Christine! There must be some Autumn threads in my fabric. I was the kind of kid that ate everything that was the plate without fuss, and disappointed my parents by learning to speak correctly- no funny baby talk from me. And yes, I can outskate all the kids in pond hockey. :-)
    Thank you for this new treat.

  4. These are great! I’ve been trying to figure out my kids seasons (both their coloring is light and neutral) and these articles really helped. Both my children have Summer in their personalities! My husband is a Summer in coloring but I definitely see some Autumn in his personality! Thanks so much for doing these!

  5. hi christine.i really loved your article.i would like to ask you about two things.well,in summer children i made a question about overtones and i don’t think i interpreted my question really well.i just wanted to ask if you are looking for certain-let’s say-surface tones(no undertones).i mean in the true autumn landscape you had write that you are looking for a hot copper in the skin tone,a bronzed brown overlay.what are the other 11 seasons skin surface tones are more like?what is the color that overlays on their skin?and not just whiter skins,i would really appreciate if you could give me examples of darker skins too.oh,and about kibbe,how do you know what is the vibe that you have?how do you see it?i mean all the 13 kibbes have their own essence,right?(not how you lool like,imean for example,i know i am kinda assymetrical in body and face characteristics,but i don’t know my essence and how i could possibly see it)i would really appreciate it if you answer my questions.thank you. :-)i am sorry if my english weren’t too good

  6. Had been eagerly anticipating and awaiting this one Christine! :) Thanks so much. These articles are like sitting down to a wonderful meal…..and many lines have to be read and re-read and savored….

    Aimee: Trying to find your season via the personality descriptions is tricky and next to impossible. The descriptions (as least the way I see it) are archetypes based on Christine’s experiences and insight and reading, but I don’t think they are meant to be taken as concrete fact for each and every person. For example, I recently draped as a DA – but that doesn’t mean that all the descriptions of the DA personality fit me – for example – I am dis-organized, scatter brained, rarely on time (when left to my own devices) but there are other things here that do resonate. If I had been trying to ‘self diagnose’ my season I NEVER would have pegged myself as a DA based on personality descriptions. As well, Christine helped me to see that the way we see ourselves is almost never the way we come across to other people. The best thing is to get draped. :)

  7. Christine: Just wanted to let you know I have a pinecone and some coffee beans on my dresser in my bedroom to ‘remind’ me of my DA essence. Thanks for the wonderful visuals you provide…..

  8. Inge, funny you should mention that about the lack of baby talk! My parents tell me I was the same way.

  9. Thank you, Christine. These articles are savory and delicious to read. Though I don’t act this way all of the time, when push comes to shove in life, this is me to a T.

    A semi-related question. I have the medium red hair, teal blue eyes, pink (translucent skin+capillaries close to the surface) & yellow tones in my skin (some light tanning) that is often placed in the True/Warm Autumn palette. No matter what swatch book I see (True Colour from Australia, Indigo Tones, the 28 colors from “Return to Your Natural Colors”, etc.) I…n-e-v-e-r…like the pinks/corals/oranges, or the olive, on me. And I don’t think they look good on other Warm Autumn redheads when they wear them either, like Julianne Moore has worn coral.

    So, my actual question is: is that normal? Are entire chunks of a palette undesirable to others as well? I know that I’ll just end up wearing whatever I conclude looks good and creates a glow, but it bothers me that I don’t love all of the True/Warm Autumn palettes, and I don’t feel that they are perfect for redheads.

    Oh, I (dubiously) bought the L’Oreal Cinnamon Toast lipstick that someone suggested for True/Warm Autumns, and it looks AMAZING on me. I can’t wear it straight from the tube–I need a blot or two–but this is the first red lipstick that looks as much as part of my natural coloring as my other features do. Great suggestions from the people visiting this site!

  10. What Lategates says is right – don’t even consider personality when analyzing colour. There is too much complexity in it, too much variation, not to mention the parts of ourselves we’ve adjusted over the years to accommodate those around us and that we never see ourselves as others do. Personality is far more misleading than…hair colour!
    Or eye colour – Aimee, many Seasons can have warm brown eyes. Probably all of them have a version.

    Voodoo – I’m not sure I can come up with a perfect example of each one. The True Seasons are easier, with TA copper, TSp unmistakable yellow, TW whites and blacks, and TSu light pink-grey cottony fabric.
    Comparing people is easier. DA and DW can look very similar until they’re draped. I can’t always come up with perfect word examples, but think of the differnece between Keir Knightley’s skin and Renee Zellwegger’s. Keira’s is like many (but not all) DW and DA skin, though DA can look more toasted.
    SA reminds me of peanut butter.
    None of the other Seasons put an overlay colour in my head.
    Since I’m far from being a Kibbe expert, I’d have to let someone else answer that one. Do you know the facebook page Kibbe Madness? There are hundreds of excellent photos, examples, collages, and discussions there.

    Jennifer – the only normal people are the ones we dont’ know very well; it’s when we feel push that we don’t have time to add on the ‘normal’ layer and our real self comes out. About the palettes, although every colour is in perfect harmony with your own, it doesnt’ mean you would like or wear every one. Sometimes we look better than we realize in colours we’re holding away. Maybe Julianne isn’t a TA or had the coral wrong. I agree pinks are very tricky on TA, almost harder than white. I do think that many of us have more and less favorite colours and few own an item in each of the 60 swatches. Thanks for the feedback on the lipstick.

  11. Linsday F., yes, I let my parents down somehow. :-) I am however no Autumn, as far as I could see. But there is something in this personality issue.
    There is no use to learn that you are a Spring and a Kibbe Romantic, when you prefer
    comfortable clothes and hate high heels and floral dresses, for instance. Maybe the personality should play a bigger role in choosing one’s style, but cannot say how, of course.

  12. Jennifer, I’m so glad you liked the L’Oreal Colour Riche Cinnamon Toast lipstick I suggested for TA ( and possibly DA ) on another thread. I do think it looks best when blotted a bit.

    Christine, I love this series on Children of the Seasons. I have been waiting for the Autumn post. I was told I was an Autumn years ago. But I don’t see myself in the description of Autumn’s Children at all. However, Summer’s Children sounded just like me! One of the Summer pictures even looks like me as a child. It’s very confusing.

  13. Personality-wise, I see a little of myself in each description. Tricky! A great read, though. Thanks. I’ve really enjoyed this series.

  14. Christine, I’m an avid follow of your work and am looking for some insight. I was draped as a True Summer by Darin Wright and typed as a Type 3 by Carol Tuttle. I’m having a hard time marrying the two. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

  15. Denise – I would say most women would stay with their main Season, so T3 for you. I’m a DW and find the T3 much too Autumn. But you know, every woman is a new adventure. For many Neutral Season women, I find wearing the accessories of your smaller portion Season is a great way of bringing in that Neutral component. It’s interesting and unexpected. The T4 stuff in metal might be just too plain cold for you at the T4 store, but some of the coloured items or the textures silver earrings could be great.

    There are correlations for sure. Not sure I’d see S Su as “rich, dynamic”, they’re cooler and smoother than that, I’d have said soft/subtle. Certainly, T Su is also soft/subtle. The Lights need their own category “moderated bright and animated” maybe.

  16. You out did yourself with this one, Christine. I have a few Autumn children and an Autumn husband. You spelled out their personality to a ‘t’.

  17. “When the Soft Autumn child tells a story, the emotions involved will be inflated higher than anyone else’s version because their Summer-ness felt them so deeply.”

    YES!!! Lol, this is the only thing I’ve read about SA personalities that I identify with :)

    I’ve been meaning to ask about how childrens’ seasons change as they grown. If seasons can change as someone gets older, always in a cooler/softer direction, is there likewise a direction of change for children as they grow up? Darker? I find it hard to imagine any baby dressed in black, so I wondered if they tend to start off as lighter seasons?

  18. Children are quite variable. My 3 (TW, DW, and T Su) were settled when they were 4 and haven’t changed. The TW was draped at about 13 and very striking skin reactions even then. I’ve seen them move from T Su > L Su > L Sp over about 3 years. And some darken. We all darken up in maturity, around 35, but it doesn’t change our Season. Also, we may cool/soften in our 60s but very few people change their Season. The whole colouring moves as a whole and they may or may not choose different colours within the palette but it will be the original one they’ve always been.

  19. I don’t understand how your coloring affects your personality and body type. How is that possible?

  20. Probably nobody does, Jamie, but to some extent, it does happen. There are character similarities that happen much too often to be coincidence. Like spunky redheads, cheerful blondes, etc. No doubt it’s just that the genes that control colour, shape, and personality are linked on certain chromosomes and some of them travel together during inheritance.

  21. Thanks for writing your insights and observations for the Autumn season folks!! Love it and so accurate. :-)

  22. Hahah, I can’t buy into the idea that my coloring has any effect on my personality.
    When I was a kid I was a space cadet and I’m get grumpy at anyone who broke my daydreams and brought me back into the boring real world. I was completely disorganized and oblivious to the world.
    … Not much has changed.
    But I’m undoubtedly a soft autumn.

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